It is with profound sadness that we announce the tragic passing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, of Peter John Rémillard.
Peter was the loved husband of Patricia of Morrisburg and the devoted father of Liam of Kingston. He was the dear brother of Richard (Alexandra) of Ottawa and Kathleen (Gary) Broadhurst of Knowlton, QC., and the cherished brother-in-law of Nancy Boucher (Raymond Conley) of Toronto and George (late Kathleen) Gamble of Guelph.
He will be sadly missed by nieces Melissa, Kelly, Meghan, Kristen, Caroline and nephews James, Evan, Nicolas and Patrick. He is survived by his father Romeo of Montreal and was predeceased by his mother Margaret (nee Paisley).
Peter Rémillard graduated from McGill University in 1977, with a Bachelor of Civil and Common Law. Peter was fluent in English, French and German, with the latter language honed overseas on student work exchanges.
After articling with the Toronto Law Firm of Holden Murdock in 1978, he was first called to the Ontario Bar in 1979, and then later called to the Barreau du Quebec / Quebec Bar in 1983.
Peter joined the law firm of Gorrell and Grenkie in Morrisburg, Cardinal, and Ingleside, Ontario, in 1980, and became partner in the firm in 1983. Although he grew up in a big city (Montréal), Peter really embraced small town life, which is what attracted him to Morrisburg in the first place.
His practice focused on corporate, commercial (farm), tax, real estate, and estate planning. The firm expanded into the Chesterville area with the acquisition of Cass Grenkie Rémillard in 1990. To enhance the service offerings for his clients, Peter completed the Certified Financial Planning Program and was awarded the CFP designation in 1999.
Peter had significant community involvement, which included the Canadian Cancer Society, Chamber of Commerce, local Business Improvement Area Association, Municipal Council, St. Mary’s Parent Council, Upper Canada Playhouse, and the Winchester Hospital Foundation.
However, there was one specific community organization that became a passion and a way of life. Peter, a devoted family man, started with Therien Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing in 2001 with his son Liam, because of his interest in the Martial Arts. Although his sports interests began with marathon running, Peter started training jiu-jitsu with Liam. He was then joined by his wife Pat, making martial arts, kickboxing, a family activity.
Martial Arts became integral to Peter’s work-life balance, providing relaxation, socialization, and the mental and physical challenge he sought.
After receiving his Brown Belt, Liam put his training on pause to attend university: however Peter continued on with Jiu-Jitsu and Kick boxing. In spite of physical challenges associated with recent ankle and knee surgeries, resulting from earlier marathon running injuries, Peter established a goal to work towards earning his Black Belt.
In 2011, at the age of 59, Peter endured a five-hour test and successfully earned his Black Belt. The Black Belt achievement, a significant one, is associated with achieving excellence, something Peter strived for in everything he did.
Peter then went on to successfully complete the Can Ryu Jiu-Jitsu Teaching Program and became a Sensei.
Sensei Peter was a respected teacher and positive motivator taking great pride in other people’s accomplishments. He referred to the club as a second family, and he was much loved by all members of the dojo.
Sensei Peter was instrumental in initiating a new Executive Program enabling a more mature crowd to learn the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu and of self-defence. On and off the mat, Sensei Peter was the most selfless, enthusiastic and genuine person you could ever hope to meet. He will always remain a part of the Therien Jiu-Jitsu Chesterville Family.
Fundamentally, Peter was a world class people person. He relished being with family and friends, and working with business partners and clients in helping them solve problems. He was always there for everyone.
Of course, if you know him, you knew that he was usually 15 to 30 minutes late, because he would talk to people, and people confided in him. No one minded, because everyone knew what was holding him up, and that he would take all the time in the world needed to help everyone through the rough spots.
In one way or another, Peter was always looking after others. It is now Peter’s turn to be looked after. Forever rest in sweet and blissful peace.
Arrangements were entrusted to Parker Funeral Home in Morrisburg. Condolences may be left at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com.